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What's in Your First Aid Kit? Are You Prepared?

Red & Howling
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Here is my DOG First Aid Kit. When I travel with Isabelle, I try to bring most of this along with me.
Being prepared is the best prevention!

1. Rectal thermometer (and lubricant for easy insertion). (Didn't mean to list this jarring one first 🤣 )

2. Tweezers and blunt-end scissors.

3. Gauze (can double as a muzzle to prevent stress biting. Never muzzle a dog who is: Coughing, has trouble breathing, or nauseous); bandages; cotton balls.  

4. Blankets & towels (Good for gently restraining and carrying a dog).

5. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), if approved by a vet, for bee stings and other allergic reactions. (Dosage is one milligram per pound of body weight.)

6. Syringe to flush eyes, clean wounds, or administer liquid medicine.

7. Alcohol wipes (for sterilizing items).

8. Hydrogen peroxide* (3%only). Very versatile item. Use to induce vomiting (as directed by your vet) and clean wounds and ears. *Hydrogen peroxide will flatten as it ages, so keep an unopened bottle handy.

The dose is one teaspoon (five milliliters, or cc's) for every 10 pounds of body weight. The hydrogen peroxide must be given orally.  Mix it with a little vanilla ice cream or yogurt to make it palatable.
9. Measuring spoons for dosing.

10. Activated charcoal or Milk of Magnesia.  Give orally for ingestion of poisons. Consult with your vet or poison control before administering (you don't want to induce vomiting if your dog has ingested corrosive materials).

11. Saline solution to flush out eyes and clean wounds.

12. Muzzle for restraint for stress & fear biting (or use gauze).

13. Extra leash.

14. Important Numbers: 24hr. emergency vet. Local vet when traveling. Pet Poison hotline.

After I posted my First Aid Kit on Facebook,  Kathleen Brockway said she's never without a product called,  "WonderDust".  She said, "It is an equine product but I have used it for my dogs for over 30 years, and have used it on myself a few times. It's really good for broad scrapes. It looks like light gray grainy soot, and it puffs out of the bottle nozzle in a fine spray. It is an antiseptic that lays down a breathable coating on the wound to keep germs from entering the wound. It helps minimize scarring."
On a site that sells WoundDust, someone left a comment that it works on broken nails, too.
Has anyone used this stuff?  If so, I'd love to hear your experience with it!

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Topic starter Posted : 16/06/2018 9:07 am
PharmacySheep, LindaK, MyFourCavaliers and 1 people liked
Outstanding Member

I use hydrogen peroxide when brushing my teeth. So when buying a new one, I'll rotate the old one from the pet emergency kit with the new one - its never been used so biggie. However, even if used, the opening of the container should never be contaminated so I'd exchange it out even if opened. Also, I mark all items with the date bought and placed in kit, then compare this to the original manufacturer date for "freshness".

Another thing is to include all original vet records for proof of ownership, shots, etc. Place these records in a zip-lock baggie for waterproofing.

Posted : 17/06/2018 6:11 pm
Red & Howling
Obsessed Dog Lady Admin

Excellent additions and suggestions Pamela!  Thank you!

I'm not going to try and brush with hydrogen peroxide though 🤣!

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Topic starter Posted : 19/06/2018 2:58 pm
Bryan liked
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I've also got a foil blanket in my little first aid bag. Helps to keep them warm if you've got a situation where body temp is dropping.

Posted : 20/06/2018 12:43 am
Red & Howling
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@kelda excellent addition!  A blanket or towel is also good for keeping them calm or keeping them from moving too much when they are injured or bitten by something.

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Topic starter Posted : 04/07/2018 11:47 am
Red & Howling
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@scottieluvr what happened to your wonderful profile pic?

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Topic starter Posted : 04/07/2018 11:48 am
Mad Murphy
Amazing Member

Almost all of these things are in my car first aid kit .. All of them and more are in the home kit.

Posted : 05/07/2018 3:36 am
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In addition to the hydrogen peroxide, I would add baking soda. Along with a bit of dish soap, it makes a great de-skunking solution (as we learned yet again this week  🤣 . Too bad I didn't take my own advice - we had to run to the pharmacy at 5 in the morning for the supplies! lol!) 

Posted : 11/07/2018 12:01 am

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